Tuesday, December 06, 2005

NFL Rankings: Tuesday December 6, 2005

Just a couple of quick questions about last week:

1) How do the Detroit Lions get away with having their security guards tackle fans who make up "Fire Matt Millen" signs? Celebrating a touchdown gets a player a fine, but an organization isn't punished when it sends out its goons to quiet dissent?

2) Why doesn't Mike Shanahan use Tatum Bell on every down? I mean, the guy averages over 6 yards a carry. Am I missing something here?

And on to the picks:

The Professor (Alex Abboud)
Honourable Mention: Carolina Panthers
5. Chicago Bears
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Denver Broncos
2. Seattle Superhawks
1. Indianapolis Colts

Me Hate Me (Kevin Kimmis)
Honourable Mention: Denver Broncos
5. Cincinatti Bungles
4. Carolina Panthers
3. THE Seattle Seahawks
2. Da Bears
1. Indianapolis Colts

The Verbal Assassin (Andy Grabia)
Honourable Mention: Seattle Seahawks
5. Carolina Panthers
4. San Diego Superchargers
3. Denver Broncos
2. Cincinatti Bengals
1. Indianapolis Colts

Picks following Week 12 are here.


At 4:59 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Tatum's a smaller back, and specializes as a speed back. I guess the thought is that he wouldn't be as effective running between the tackles, or in short-yardage situations. Plus, if he was an every-down back, he'd wear down pretty quickly.

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Bah. How do they know if they haven't even tried? And they don't have to run in him in short yardage situations. But he can still be the feature back.

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I don't buy the argument that he's too small. He's 5'11" and 213 lbs. Another former Denver RB, Clinton Portis, just so happens to also be 5'11" 213 lbs. He did/does pretty well as a featured back.

I think it's just the fact that Anderson has played well and is a Shanahan favorite. Maybe Bell hasn't earned the right to start in Shanahan's twisted little mind. I don't know what it is. But it is a little silly. When Bell hits that hole, he explodes. It's amazing the burst that kid has. If he's the starting back in Denver next year, he could be a top-5 back. Big "if" at this point though.

And YEAH KEVIN ... Bears #2. That's what I'm talking about.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Boo on the Bears. I feel like I am watching the Dungy Bucs or the Superbowl Ravens whenever I see them play. If they get home field advantage though, it could be all over for NFC teams. I still can't believe they beat Carolina.

And boo on Mike Shanahan. Tatum was averaging OVER TEN YARDS A CARRY last week against the Chiefs. How the hell do you not just keep giving him the ball. Greg is right. He hits the hole so fast he gets like six yards before anyone even gets near him.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Why do you care about Tatum Bell? You dropped him in our fantasy league weeks ago :)

As for Da Bears, more than anything they remind me of the San Francisco 49ers team I took to the NFC Title game in my first season of a Madden 2006 franchise. The offense sucked, but had a good enough running game to be effective, and the defense was incredible - first in pretty much every category. I won most games by a score of about 20-3, with at least one defensive touchdown a game. That's why I'm so fascinated by these Bears. I never thought a team like that could succeed in the real NFL.

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Kevin Kimmis said...

Greg, I suppose I could say that I was inspired by your column entitled "The Bears Defence Will Punch Your Stupid Face" but I'd be lying.

They keep winning. Over and over again. It's not pretty, but they do it. I'm having visions of the Raven's Super Bowl team -- if Trent Dilfer can win a Super Bowl, why not Kyle Orton?


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